Murder accused warned after alleged threat
Murder accused, Rasheed Gittens, was hauled over the coals by Magistrate Douglas Frederick earlier this morning, after a policeman who was sitting toward the back of the courtroom said the accused had turned around and told him “you are a dead man”.
Gittens, 20, appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court before Frederick this morning along with five other men accused of murdering school teacher Dwight Holder on August 6.
“Now let me tell you something. The police officer is doing his job; whether it is a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, police or prison officer, when we do our job we do it as professionals. We don’t have a lot of protection from the State so we have to protect each other.”
The magistrate went on to tell the accused that if he threatens anyone who works within the court system, “I will personally take offence to that because eventually it will get to me.
“You will not find favour with anyone within the (court) system” once known for threats, Frederick explained.
“You are already in the frying pan and if you want to get into the fire I will write it on the charge sheet and send it to the Chief Justice for his consideration and see what he has to say about it…I am telling you this because you are young. So don’t play the fool when you come in here. Don’t ever let me hear anything like that ever again. You are a young boy so I am not writing anything but don’t ever let it happen again,” the magistrate stressed.
“I was a prosecutor and I went through all of that already.”
When Gittens insisted that he was not referring to the policeman nor did he say those words, Frederick warned him “not to say or do anything, do not make any gesture or anything that can be interpreted as a threat”.
Gittens and his co-accused are due back in court on September 11.